Firewatch creators Campo Santo join Valve

James Marshall
April 22, 2018

'In Valve we found a group of folks who, to their core, feel the same way about the work that they do (this, you may be surprised to learn, doesn't happen every day).

The developers of first-person mystery adventure game Firewatch, Campo Santo, has announced that they are joining Valve, where they will continue production on their current project, In the Valley of Gods.

DSO Gaming spotted an update over on the Campo Santo blog, where the company confirmed that they've been acquired by Valve.

With this announcement, Valve is back to development, or at least supporting development. "In us, they found a group with unique experience and valuable, diverse perspectives", said Campo Santo on its official blog.

This move doesn't affect support of Firewatch at all, although that game has little need for support at this point since the content has been locked-in for a while (though it did just receive a Japanese language update).

Campo Santo took pains in their posting to reassure their fans that all things will proceed as planned and that their team will retain much of their independence. "Well, for that bottle of champagne".

Valve's acquisition of Campo Santo is a significant feat for both studios and we're excited to see what will come out of this merger. Never ones to pass up free alcohol, we stole it and drank it to celebrate the launch of Firewatch a year later. The studio's next game, In the Valley of Gods, is scheduled for next year. Well, for that bottle of champagne.

Once there, they will still be working on In the Valley of Gods, the indie (can we even call them indie anymore?) title set for 2019 that was revealed at The Game Awards in 2017.

This acquisition also lines up pretty well with Valve CEO Gabe Newell's recent "Valve's going to start shipping games again" statement, so it's seems like a nice fit.

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